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    Update from the Superintendent - May 29th

    Greetings Scotts Valley Parent Community,

    Congratulations to everyone -  we have made it to the end of May with one week remaining of this school year!  What a challenging school year this has been experiencing the PG&E power shut offs in the fall, and then the International shut off in the spring. In life’s experience, it seems that the one thing we can count on is change. We are going to need to continue to adapt to the ongoing changes, and please know, we are doing our best to plan for the different scenarios that we will be faced with in late August.

    This week's letter from the Santa Cruz County Superintendents encompasses a lot of the work that we have been focusing on recently. We are examining budget proposals, changes, adjustments, and potential reductions. We are trying to figure out how to start school with the parameters that will be put in place, but we cannot figure out how we can manage that with the proposed reductions coming our way.  While we acknowledge there are a lot of groups in need, prioritizing the education of our students is critical. We continue to work together collaboratively and meet with our local legislators to advocate for our needs. Just this morning, we all met with Assembly Members Rivas and Stone, and a representative from Senator Monning's office. County Superintendents’ Letter 5/29/2020

    Thank you for your understanding, support, and assistance with the oversight of your student’s work and progress during the school closure. School will look different in the fall and I wish I could be more clear at this time what that will look like, however, we are working on it. Our hope is to provide a hybrid model of online and some small group in-person instruction based on public health parameters.

    As I have shared with you in prior communications, we are actively working on the high, medium, and low restrictions for the planning of reopening schools in late August.  We have heard from many parents during distance learning, and appreciate the impact this new way of learning has had on your child, your families, and our community. Yesterday you received a parent survey from Assistant Superintendent Michelle Stewart. In case you didn't get the link, here it is again, and we are asking you to fill out one per child.    Parent Survey  Please be sure to take the time to fill out the survey and give your feedback.  We will consider the information from surveys given to parents and staff, and work with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Santa Cruz Public Health, to create possible plans for the new year.  We will be sending you updates over the summer, so please continue to check your emails and our website.

    For now, we are going to celebrate the end of this unique school year and give our students acknowledgment for their efforts and sacrifices.  We also need to give a big shout out to our teachers who have worked really hard to do their very best to make this necessary shift so very quickly by providing online learning throughout the remainder of the school year.

    Thank you for your ongoing support - we are a community working together on behalf of our kids!

    With Gratitude,

    Tanya Krause

    Parent Survey

    Dear Parents,

    As mentioned in the Superintendent's recent update, we are sending out a parent survey - we want to hear from you! 

    Please be sure to take the time to fill out the SVUSD Parent Survey.  (Please fill out one survey per student.)  We are interested in collecting information from surveys from parents and staff related to online learning.   Additionally, we will be working with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Santa Cruz Public Health over the summer to solidify plans for the reopening of the school year.   

    Parent Survey

    Thank you for your participation!

    Michelle Stewart, Assistant Superintendent


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    Scotts Valley Unified School District will provide each student with quality educational and social opportunities needed to thrive in a modern world.


    Our students will be socially responsible, pursuing their full potential in intellectual, social, and physical development, and be engaged, ethical and effective citizens. 

    svusd core values and guiding principles
    • Our role is to develop academically capable, culturally attuned and socially responsible students.
    • There is strength and value in diversity of thought and experience.
    • District decisions, at all levels, should be thoughtful, equitable and transparent.
    • We value commitment and collaboration from our engaged students, families and the community.
    • We value trust, respect and teamwork from our highly skilled and dedicated team.
    • We are accountable to our public for setting clear expectations and optimizing resources to meet our goals.
    SVUSD Calendar
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Parents for COVID-19

    Frequently Asked Questions

    distance learning resources from SCCOE

    The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) has compiled a webpage specifically for Distance Learning Resources.  

    staff timesheets

    All staff timesheets for the June 2020 pay period are posted on the Business Department webpage under:

    Payroll Timesheets

    SVUSD Student & Staff Tech Support

    Visit the district’s Help Desk page for resources and weekly drop-in support hours.  In addition, our District’s SVUSD Website has a live online Chat with an SVUSD Tech. 

    Measure A Exemption Form 

    (for Senior/SSI parcel tax exemptions) 

    Measure A Exemption Application

    This form is for the 2020-21 tax year.  Please complete the form and submit the form and requested documentation to the District (contact information is on the form).  

    School Board Information:

    Note:  Due to COVID-19 we have arranged to have only limited essential staff attend the board meetings, and some Trustees will attend via Zoom video conference.  Please email if you are interested in receiving the link to the video conference.

    SVUSD Local Control and Accountability Plan 2019-20:

    Quick Resources

    School Snippets

    About Us

    Scotts Valley Unified schools are ranked as some of the highest performing public schools in Santa Cruz County. We are proud of the high quality education we provide to approximately 2500 students year after year.

    Please look around to see what we do so well here at SVUSD. Be sure to visit the individual school web sites to see what's happening at Brook Knoll Elementary School, Vine Hill Elementary School, Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School.

    District Office

    Fast Facts

    Schools in our District


    State average per pupil funding


    School Accountability Report Cards

    Student Enrollment


    District Area

    23 Sq Miles


    Tanya Krause

    Number of Employees


    Schools' Awards

    Governing Board